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Being the capital city of Uruguay, this is a busy and important port. It lies on the northern shore of the River Platte estuary which is, at this point, some 50nm wide.

It is a popular cruise ship destination having beautiful colonial buildings and attractive beaches.

The wreck of a British ship called the Lord Clive, which was sunk by the Spanish in 1763, lies 16 feet below the surface and only 380 yards offshore Colonia del Sacramento, further up river and west of Montevideo. The ship contains 1.2 billion euros of gold bullion. On February 10th 2017 a team of divers will begin recovery of this 64 gun vessel.

Position 34° 54.2'S, 56° 12.2'W

Docking

There are no yachting facilities in the commercial harbour, but both marina berths and other moorings are available at Puerto del Buceo harbour, approximately 9nm to the East (see photo left).

Local rules are that you must notify the authorities half an hour before your arrival at Puerto del Buceo on VHF Ch. 16 (Puerto Buceo Control - coastguard station).

Santa Lucia: Santiago Vazquez
Another option is at Santiago Vazquez on the Santa Lucía river, about 20nm to the west. Here there is a marina and a yacht club, however since the construction of a new bridge with high voltage power lines it is only recommended for small cruising boats (see photo right).

In the middle of the river the wires are recorded as being at 11 meters, and at the sides 16 meters above mean water level, but take care: with a strong wind from the southeast the river rises up to 2 meters.

Before heading to Santa Lucia it is recomended to call Santiago Vazquez control, the local costguard station. A 32 ft German yacht touched the power lines here in February 2013 and burnt to the waterline within minutes, so care should be taken to contact the authorities before attempting this trip.

Last updated March 2013.

Yacht Club Uruguayo (YCU)
Calle República Federal de Alemania s/n , Puerto del Buceo, Montevideo
Tel:(598 2) 622 12 21 Fax:(598 2) 622 15 84
Based in Puerto de Buceo the YCU's club house resembles a large ship. It has good facilites including workshops and a boatyard. Engine repairs and maintenance services available. Lifting restricted to boats up to 30 ft. Showers and toilets.

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Yacht Club Uruguayo (YCU)
Calle República Federal de Alemania s/n , Puerto del Buceo, Montevideo
Tel:(598 2) 622 12 21 Fax:(598 2) 622 15 84
Based in Puerto de Buceo the YCU's club house resembles a large ship. It has good facilites including workshops and a boatyard. Engine repairs and maintenance services available. Lifting restricted to boats up to 30 ft. Showers and toilets.
Margaret Beasley
Margaret Beasley says:
Jun 11, 2015 08:21 PM

In May 2015, we discovered that Buceo has been dredged since our cruising guide information was produced, so with a 2 metre draft we had no problem mooring to their docks. Buceo gets a lot of surge in anything easterly, but is friendly and has good facilities.

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